Attachment Focused Approaches to Relational Trauma



Can be delivered as keynote and workshops at your workplace or nominated venue in Australia or Asia.



Building Relationships from the Inside Out

Theraplay® is a dyadic child and family therapy that has been recognised by the Association of Play Therapy as one of seven seminal psychotherapies for children. Developed over 50 years ago, and practiced around the world, Theraplay was developed for any professional working to support healthy child/caregiver attachment. Strong attachment between the child and the important adults in their life has long been believed to be the basis of lifelong good mental health as well as the mainstay of resilience in the face of adversity. Modern brain research and the field of neuroscience have shown that attachment is the way in which children come to understand, trust and thrive in their world.

In treatment, the Theraplay® Practitioner guides the parent and child through playful, fun games, developmentally challenging activities, and tender, nurturing activities. The very act of engaging each other in this way helps the parent regulate the child's behaviour and communicate love, joy, and safety to the child. It helps the child feel secure, cared for and connected.

Theraplay presented by Compass Seminars Australia

Duration: Level 1 & MIM workshop 28 hours (4 days) workshop to professionals. 

Location: By special arrangement subject to trainer availability.



Dan Hughes's popular Brain Based Attachment Model

Dyadic Developmental Practice (DDP) focuses on the importance of reciprocity in parenting, caregiving and therapy, and also to draw attentions to the fact that abuse, neglect and trauma can seriously impact on the child’s developmental age and stage. This intervention is theoretically based on the models of attachment theory and intersubjectivity, and is consistent with the needs of children and young people who have experienced developmental trauma.

Training courses in DDP (Level 1 and Level 2) provide the core knowledge of theory, principles, and interventions that are central in developing the skills necessary to practising DDP successfully. Each four-day workshop covers the principles and interventions  through formal discussion, case examples, videotape of therapy sessions, role-play, story-telling and hand-outs.


Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy presented by Compass Seminars Pty Ltd

Duration: Level 1 is presented over 28 hours (4 days) for professionals. 

Location: By arrangement at your workplace or nominated venue in Australia or Asia




Theory, Evidence, Practice

This one day workshop shows how to work successfully with emotional and behavioural problems rooted in deficient early attachments. It introduces the Attachment Style Interview (ASI), an evidence-based accessible instrument that reveals how attachment disorders may be properly conceptualised, to inform more targeted planing and treatment. In particular, it explores the emotional difficulties of children in out-of-home care who struggle to form secure attachments. 

Attachment Styles in Practice

Duration: 7 hours (1 day) workshop to professionals

Location: By arrangement at your workplace or nominated venue anywhere in Australia or Asia



Assessor Certification Workshop

Practitioners can choose from a introductory 1 day workshop on Attachments Styles and/ or progress to the 4 day certification course in administering the ASI tool.

The one-day introductory workshop Attachment Styles in Practice takes a deeper dive into the attachments styles and their variants through the lens of the ASI. It is suitable for practitioner and other professionals wishing to understand how attachment disorders may be properly conceptualised, to inform more targeted planning, placement and interventions. 

The four-day Attachment Style Interview (ASI) is for those practitioners wishing to become accredited to administer the tool for use in: working therapeutically with families involved with or at risk of involvement in the child protection system; assessing prospective or current foster/kin carers, guardians or adoptive parents; assessing attachment based outcomes measures; research, family law.

Attachment Style Interview

Duration: 28 hours hours (4 days) workshop to professionals

Location: By arrangement at your workplace or nominated venue anywhere in Australia or Asia



Caring for Kids from Hard Places

Trust Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI) is an attachment-based, trauma-informed intervention that is designed to meet the complex needs of vulnerable children. TBRI® uses Empowering Principles to address physical needs, Connecting Principles for attachment needs, and Correcting Principles to disarm fear-based behaviors. While the intervention is based on years of attachment, sensory processing, and neuroscience research, the heartbeat of TBRI® is connection.

Trust Based Relational Intervention presented by Compass Seminars AUS

Duration: 7 hours (1 day) to professionals or carers

Location: By arrangement at your workplace or nominated venue anywhere in Australia or Asia



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